I would like to share with you the success of one of our boys who we have been working with since the earthquake. Our work isn't a quick fix and there are many challenges which have to be overcome. Here is a shining example of the work our partners are doing in turning around the lives of the most vunerable children in Nepal.
Nabin (not his real name) is now 17 years old and has been on and off the street for a number of years. Two years ago, he was motivated by Kidasha outreach workers to leave the street and join the Rehabilitation Centre. Initially leaving street life was difficult for Nabin and he ran away back to the street, his street gang and substance abuse a number of times. With the support of his social worker, Nabin was able to realize the impact this was having on his life and to learn to develop better coping strategies. After six months he moved into the Midway Home and started attending school again.
Over the next year Nabin progressed well in school, made new friends and started to increase contact with his family, progressively spending weekends staying with his father. His confidence grew and he became better at dealing with challenges he faced in his daily life – no longer resorting to escaping to the street or drugs. In the school holidays Nabin would work in a metal workshop earning and saving money. Six months ago, Nabin made the decision to start living with his father again. Supported by Kidasha’s social worker, both father and son have learnt to adapt their behaviours and live together positively. Nabin paid for his school fees himself this year and he is studying hard and aims to graduate from high school in the next two years.
“I really liked the midway home and the way it worked. The rules had the right balance and we were encouraged to go out to school, training or work. It’s from there I learnt to quit bad habits myself, not because I was forced to. I feel a much stronger person now.”
None of this would have been possible without your generous support. Sadly there are many more children like Nabin in Nepal who need our help. If you were able to give another donation, we would be able to change more lives for the better in Nepal.
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